'Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.' - Victor Hugo

Orfeo, Garsington Opera

Orpheus has became the emblem of the artist who rises above earthly worries and brings us closer to eternal truths.

11th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition
Young artists

In partnership with young artists’ programmes in Europe and beyond, OperaVision streams performances, masterclasses, and concerts by the next generation of talent, as well as follow them through a new podcast series.

Angela Meade
Tara Erraught
Visual worlds

Working alongside the conductor, director and the rest of the creative team, the opera designer creates the space in which the opera will be ‘set’.

Pelléas et Mélisande
Costume workshop

Diverse and dramatic, opera costumes are the first thing to appear in the spotlight, even before the performer has sung a note.


A man of the Enlightenment, Mozart is not a political animal; he has a sharp eye on the world around him.

Bel canto
Bel canto

The Italian for ‘beautiful singing’ is used to describe Italian opera of the first part of the 19th century. Three pre-eminent Italian composers of that era are Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

Haunted houses
Haunted houses

The Phantom of the Opera? It's not just in musicals that you'll find ghosts. Opera as its share of haunted houses too.


Composer Richard Wagner, despite the controversies surrounding his life and political views, bestrides German opera like a colossus.

Strong women
Strong women

Opera is certainly not the most tender artform to women. Between sacrifices, rapes, forced marriages, illnesses, suicides or even murders, women are often presented as the victims of a destiny. Here we focus on female roles who stand out by virtue of their strong, independent and enterprising character.

Tenors, La fille du régiment, Donizetti Opera Festival

Tenors in opera frequently take the leading male role. They are said to have irresistible charm - on and off stage!